Newman, Samuel Sheppherdson (1830-1911)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by F. Hobson

At the ripe old age of eighty-one years, Samuel Sheppherdson Newman passed peacefully to his eternal home on November 13th, 1911. Born at Great Yarmouth Feb. 7th, 1830, he removed to Tyne Dock thirty-seven years ago. For over fifty years he followed the sea-faring profession. Whenever his ship was in port, if possible, he attended service, and at Tyne Dock the Lord Nelson Street Chapel was his home. 

He dearly loved the Class Meeting. It was a delight and often a benediction to listen to his Christian experience. When at sea it was a custom with him to devote much of his leisure time to putting his religious experience into verse. He has been a brave witness for Christ on sea and land, and was dearly loved by his family and highly respected by all who knew him.

He was interred in the Harton Cemetery, the Rev. F. Hobson officiating.


Samuel was born on 7 February 1830 at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, to parents John, a mariner, and Ann. He was baptised on 15 February 1830 at Great Yarmouth.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Samuel.

  • 1871 seaman
  • 1881 mariner
  • 1891 able bodied seaman
  • 1901 seaman
  • 1911 retired mariner – state pensioner

He married Sarah Ann Bunn Harding (abt1835-1913) on 5 March 1861 at St Nicholas, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Census returns identify four of five children.

  • Sarah Jane Bunn (1865-1936) – married Thomas Charles King, a boiler washer (1911), in 1884
  • James Ewbank (1868-1957) – an engine driver (1911)
  • Emma Lucretia (1871-1955) – married Robert Bell, a boot dealer (1911), in 1897
  • Ellen Mary (1875-1948) – married John James Cartmell, a Rullyman (1911), in 1902

Samuel died on 13 November 1911 at Tyne Dock, South Shields, Co. Durham.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912/243

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